Ben Roethlisberger will be thanking the Seattle Seahawks for taking some of the heat off of him this week.
The same week that tapes and evidence from the Big Ben sexual assault investigation was released, a Seahawks rookie made headlines in what can only be called an embarrassing lapse of judgment.
At about 3 AM last weekend, wide receiver Golden Tate got a hankering for some “maple bars” (or maple long johns, as we would call them) from the doughnut store in his building. Unfortunately he didn’t feel like paying…
ESPN reports the co-founder of Top Pot Doughnuts said a baker must have taken a bathroom break while doing some baking, leaving a door unattended. That’s when Tate and a friend swept in and did the deed.
When he noticed the missing bars the worker called police (how many did they take???), but Tate and his pal escaped with a warning.
What’s funny about the fallout from this situation is that everyone interviewed in the ESPN story sounds like a spokesperson for the doughnut joint – which makes sense, since the company recently signed a deal to sell their products at Qwest Field.
“They just kind of said ‘don’t do it again,’ which I won’t – but if you ever want maple bars, that’s the place to go.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll:
“No, I’m not disappointed at a guy being at a doughnut shop at 3 in the morning when they got maple bars like Top Pot has. However, under the circumstances…that’s definitely wrong. We’ve talked about it, addressed it. He’s remorseful and all that. I do understand the lure of the maple bars.”
Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck (via his Twitter page):
“Must be some good Maple Bars!”
The folks at Top Pot should just be counting their lucky stars that it was a wide receiver that ripped them off and not the whole team because football players can sure eat.